August 24th, 2014
The folks on my mailing list already received the news, but I’d like to share it with everyone else. Today the Phantom Warriors Box Set went on sale. It’s normally priced at $8.99, but starting today through August 30th it will be on sale for .99. Yes, you read that right. Just .99. This will be the first and last sale of this particular anthology, so get it while you can. One thing to note is that I’ve changed Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus. I recently did an extensive subplot revamp. I like the story much better now. The new version is in the box set and has been updated for the individual story.
On a side note, Hawk’s Slave, a Phantom Warriors story is finished and off for edits/beta reads. It should be released within the next two weeks. YAY!
August 22nd, 2014
The other day I saw a post on Facebook from one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Armentrout. She was talking about how she wrote a 105,000 word book in 38 days. When I read the short post, I was struck by such feelings of inadequacy. (Totally not her fault.) I know it’s because I’ve been writing a novella for the past few weeks and I’m not done yet. (Will be today, but that’s not the point.) Anyway, my immediate reaction to reading her post was ‘What Am I Doing Wrong?’ I am working as fast as I can right now. I know I need time off between projects or I start developing mental burnout. Of course knowing that meant nothing, when I read her post. I still felt like a failure. Which is why I am so grateful she followed that FB post up with THIS BLOG POST.
Hearing the crazy schedule she keeps was a relief. A relief because I realized that there was no way in hell I could keep her 10 hour a day, 7 day a week writing routine up. I have learned that for me in order to not lose momentum I have to write six days a week. I was writing 500 words a day, which is not much, but recently I’ve up that to 1000. For me, 1000 words a day, 5 days a week (the six day I just try to get a few paragraphs on the page) is sustainable. Anything else is not. Does that mean I only write a thousand words a day? No. Yesterday, I wrote 2500. Monday, I wrote 2200. Tuesday, I wrote 1110. You get the picture. Today will be another 2-3K day because I want to get this book done.
But the whole situation reminded me again of how dangerous it is for writers to compare themselves to each other. Had Jennifer not said how many hours she works, how many days she works, and how she hasn’t gone on vacation in three years, I would’ve sat there thinking that I was somehow lazy for not being able to produce a book in that time period. I think it’s really easy to look at successful writers and feel somehow lacking. This is especially true when you’re putting in the work. But as she reminded everyone, all writers are different. They approach the craft differently. They work at different speeds and that’s okay.
I wrote this blog post because I thought others might need the reminder, too.
Now I’m off to finish Hawk’s Slave. Have a great weekend. Jordan
August 17th, 2014
I’m in a sprint to finish Hawk’s Slave, a Phantom Warriors story. It needs to be done by Wednesday, so I can get edits in on Thursday before I send it off to the proofer on Friday. This means that for the next several days I will have to hit rather large word counts. I wouldn’t need to sprint so much if I hadn’t taken a teeny, tiny detour on Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus.
I wrote PW 1: Bacchus YEARS ago. It was published by Ellora’s Cave. I re-edited it in 2011/2012, but didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the story because A) it had already been published and B) it had already been edited. I decided to have the story re-proofed to make sure I hadn’t missed any typos, etc. Before doing so, I made the mistake of reading it. LOL! Needless to say, I panicked after I read through the book. I know what I was trying to do when I wrote it, but I did not succeed. I ended up taking a razor to the story and cutting a lot of excess material. I also added a small subplot. Is the book perfect? No. But it is IMO a lot better than it was before I started.
If you’ve previously purchased the book, the new version should be available everywhere within the next few days. Contact your bookseller of choice and ask for the newer e-version. I haven’t updated the anthologies that have Bacchus in it yet, but I will. While I was at it, I also had Saber-tooth and Talon re-proofed. Other than a couple of typos and some tightening of language, they are pretty much the same.
Now I’d better get back to Hawk’s Slave. Have a great rest of the weekend.
August 13th, 2014
I know I’ve been silent, but I have been busier than a cat trying to cover crap on a linoleum floor. I was temporarily sidetracked from working on Hawk’s Slave by Phantom Warriors 1: Bacchus. I made the mistake of reading through the novella before I sent it to the formatter. Needless to say, my writing has changed a lot over the years since it was first written. I ended up ripping the story apart. I kept the basic premise, but added a subplot. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it’s a darn sight better than it was when I started. It will be sent to the proofreader on Friday. I’m doing one final read through today. I’ll also be writing fiendishly on Hawk’s Slave, since it’s due to the editor next Friday and I’m only halfway through. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! No pressure! That’s not blood you see on my forehead. :-O
Did I mention that it’s raining in my kitchen? No, that’s not a joke. It’s what is currently happening. Sigh.
Several readers have asked me about Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan. If everything goes well (big IF), then I hope to have the book finished and released by Halloween (or thereabouts). I have one more book planned for the Moonlight Kin series after Tristan. No idea if there will be anymore after that.
Looking forward, I plan to launch two series at the beginning of 2015. One is a contemporary suspense Bayou series and the other will be the Archangels of Punishment series. I’m also working on several YA and NA novels, but they will be released under a different pen name for obvious reasons.
Hope your August is going better than mine.
July 30th, 2014
It has taken a while, but Dead World 3: Crimson is finally here and making its way through cyber-space. I’ve uploaded it to Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. I have no idea how long it will take for it to show up at the iBookstore, so keep your eyeballs peeled. The paperback version has been uploaded, but won’t be out for another week or so. I’ve also uploaded the paperback versions of Moonlight Kin 1: A Wolf’s Tale, Moonlight Kin 2: Aidan’s Mate, and Moonlight Kin 3: Nic.
I’m in the process of having the Phantom Warriors’ covers redesigned. Don’t know when they’ll be done. We’re still working hard to come up with something different, but we’re definitely off to a fabulous start.
Other than that, I’m just working on Hawk’s Slave (a Phantom Warriors’ novella). As soon as I’m finished with Captain Hawk, I’ll get back to work on Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan. They’re both turning out to be quite the scoundrels. *ggg
July 15th, 2014
I’ve been thinking about my backlist lately. Probably because I just finished editing Dead World 3: Crimson. Crimson marks the final book in my backlist that I have the rights back on. It took a LOT of work to get it into better shape. (Note: Not great shape, but better.) Having done so much work on the book, it’s made me want to take a look at my other titles. What I’ve
known for a while discovered is that there are books that were professionally published that I no longer feel comfortable having on my list. (i.e. SELLING TO READERS)
I know that I can be hard on my work. Far harder than the most vicious reviewer. (Believe me, your worst doesn’t even come close to touching my inner writing demons. Mine would make the devil quake.) That said, there are a few books in my backlist that I feel no longer represent me well. When I wrote them, I certainly did the best I could with the knowledge I had. But I know more now. I don’t like the idea of an unsuspecting reader picking up one of these books and thinking that it’s a good representation of me as a writer.
In this VERY competitive market, I don’t believe any writer can afford to make a bad impression. It’s okay if a reader doesn’t like your book. That’s just part of the game. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about books that do not showcase your talents. This does not necessarily mean older books. I have some older books that I wrote that are no longer my style, but I still find them entertaining. I feel perfectly comfortable leaving them up for readers to try. If they get the spirit of what I was trying to do and they’re entertained, then I’m happy.
When I first started self-publishing my backlist, the goal was to get everything up. Not a bad goal, but not a smart publishing strategy. The way I originally looked at the big picture was that these books had been professionally published so therefore they were fine to be republished by me. It’s not that I was wrong, but my logic was flawed. I was going for volume and grateful that I had a big enough backlist to do so, but I should’ve considered other things along the way like: Does this book represent me well as a writer? Does this book tie into my goals? Does this book fit with my other releases?
The answer is no. Some of my books do not fit that criteria, which means it’s time to clean house. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be removing some of my titles. Not a lot, but a few I don’t believe represent me well. It’s all part of my bigger plan to organize my writing career. Put my best foot forward so to speak. I appreciate your patience and understanding. This hasn’t been an easy decision for me to make.
July 7th, 2014
Like a lot of people online (and off), I’ve been following the Hachette Vs. Amazon fight. I’ve not chosen sides because to me it’s like watching Target fight with Walmart. They’re both big. They both have a lot of money. The fight is evenly matched, though one tries to make itself seem like an underdog. (Because let’s face it, everyone likes to cheer for the underdog in any fight.) But the truth is that both these companies are worth BILLIONS. They don’t need our help in this fight, which is why I find it distressing that so many authors are signing petitions.
I’m particularly upset that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America is urging its members to sign up against Amazon. I’d been on the fence about renewing my membership to SFWA. They’ve never really been particularly good for fantasy writers, especially women fantasy writers, but this latest move tipped me over the edge. I cannot support an organization that is not looking out for ALL its members.
One of my friends has lost the buy link to her book on Amazon because of this business negotiation. And that’s really what this is A BUSINESS NEGOTIATION. Do you think that will stop me from buying her book when it comes out? Hell no! I’ll go wherever I have to in order to get it. Does this affect her preorders? Absolutely! Her PUBLISHER should take that into consideration. Will they? Doubtful. That’s just how traditional publishing works.
I like Amazon and I like traditional publishing. I get paid better by Amazon, but by no means do I think they are perfect. I want EVERYONE to stay in business. It’s why I also sell my books on Kobo, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Once I get everything prepared, I’ll also sell my books on Google Play. Diversification is the key. I go where the readers are and I’ll use any means at my disposal to reach them. Readers don’t care about who publishes the books. All readers care about is if they can get the quality books they want for an affordable price. Hell, that’s all “I” care about when I buy books. And I buy a LOT of books every year.
I don’t think authors are doing themselves any favors by jumping into this fight. And no one should be urging readers to jump into this mess. We are in the entertainment industry. Do I want to make a living from my work? Absolutely. It’s my job to write the best book I can, ensure it’s produced professionally, and then make sure as many readers as possible can find it. That’s it! Rinse and repeat. I’ll leave everything else to the heavy weights, since they’re the ones who have the time, legal departments, and deep enough pockets to truly do battle.